Twitter users share their disgust at Oscars $140,000 gift bags money could be better used Ukraine

0
68


Woke Hollywood stars are being accused of hypocrisy as they accept ‘gross’ Oscar swag bags valued at $140,000 while they continue to preach about the devastating war in Ukraine – where hundreds of thousands of dollars could be better spent on aid.

Social media users have been outraged at the vast sums of money given away as part of the bags to every Oscar nominee at Sunday night’s ceremony.

Many have suggested the cash would be better off given to charity or to help the millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine. 

Those nominated for their work will take home the bag of swag even if they fail to pick up an award. But to many online, the prize reeked of hypocrisy as stars themselves have spoken out in support of Ukraine.

‘Appalling excess; the funds should have gone to help in the crisis in Ukraine,’ wrote Betsy Mullen on twitter. 

‘Absolutely DISGUSTED by the list of items in this year’s Oscar nominee gift bag,’ wrote Sean Cummings.  

Items range from high-end snacks and olive oil to a plot of land in Scotland making them Lords and Ladies of Glencoe.

Several five-figure gifts are in the package including a $25,000 project from a construction company; a $15,600 four-night stay for two at a luxury resort; a $15,000 three-day holistic wellness retreat; a $12,000 arm sculpting procedure; and a $10,000 skin treatment such as Botox

Social media users are outraged at the vast sums of money being given away in prizes to every Oscar nominee at Sunday night's ceremony. Pictured, an Oscar statue on the red carpet near the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles

Social media users are outraged at the vast sums of money being given away in prizes to every Oscar nominee at Sunday night’s ceremony. Pictured, an Oscar statue on the red carpet near the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles

One tweet succinctly summed up the issue with the extravagant gift bags

One tweet succinctly summed up the issue with the extravagant gift bags 

‘Rich elites stroking each other & given ‘gift bags’ worth over $140G’s -Imagine how many homeless children that could help Or used towards trying to end Child Trafficking,’ added Opie Ortiz Lemansky.

'How about all you American actors bleating support for #Ukraine demand that these are cancelled and the money sent to support the #HumanitarianCrisis that is unfolding?' one wrote

‘How about all you American actors bleating support for #Ukraine demand that these are cancelled and the money sent to support the #HumanitarianCrisis that is unfolding?’ one wrote

It was a view shared by host Scott Wapner from CNBC: 'I’ve spent hours thinking about why tonight’s Oscar nominees each get $140,000 gift bags and I’m still at a loss…' he said.

It was a view shared by host Scott Wapner from CNBC: ‘I’ve spent hours thinking about why tonight’s Oscar nominees each get $140,000 gift bags and I’m still at a loss…’ he said.

'I know it's nothing new that there's such a shocking wealth divide in the world, but there's something a little gross about the Oscar's having $140k gift bags for nominees' wrote Matt Pips on twitter.

‘I know it’s nothing new that there’s such a shocking wealth divide in the world, but there’s something a little gross about the Oscar’s having $140k gift bags for nominees’ wrote Matt Pips on twitter.

‘In 2021, Forbes estimated that the Oscar ‘Freebie’ gift bags valued around $205,000 How about all you American actors bleating support for #Ukraine demand that these are cancelled and the money sent to support the #HumanitarianCrisis that is unfolding?’ suggested Father Alfie online.   

‘I know it’s nothing new that there’s such a shocking wealth divide in the world, but there’s something a little gross about the Oscar’s having $140k gift bags for nominees’ wrote Matt Pips on twitter.

It was a view shared by host Scott Wapner from CNBC: ‘I’ve spent hours thinking about why tonight’s Oscar nominees each get $140,000 gift bags and I’m still at a loss…’ he said. 

‘Rich elites stroking each other & given ‘gift bags’ worth over $140G’s -Imagine how many homeless children that could help Or used towards trying to end Child Trafficking,’ added Opie Ortiz Lemansky. 

‘Here’s an idea: Auction off these lavish gift bags and donate the cash to refugee agencies. Instead of coddling celebrities, help the poor and war-torn. #StandWithUkraine,’ tweeted author Larry Sabato. 

'Here’s an idea: Auction off these lavish gift bags and donate the cash to refugee agencies. Instead of coddling celebrities, help the poor and war-torn. #StandWithUkraine,' tweeted author Larry Sabato

‘Here’s an idea: Auction off these lavish gift bags and donate the cash to refugee agencies. Instead of coddling celebrities, help the poor and war-torn. #StandWithUkraine,’ tweeted author Larry Sabato

One Twitter user referenced Scarlett Johansson as an example to follow having donated her gift bag to PETA when she was nominated twice in 2020

One Twitter user referenced Scarlett Johansson as an example to follow having donated her gift bag to PETA when she was nominated twice in 2020

A number of Scottish residents appeared to be upset that tiny portions of their land was being given away

A number of Scottish residents appeared to be upset that tiny portions of their land was being given away

‘I propose that the nominees should not accept at least $100,000 of the gifts in the bags and request that the items or their cash value be donated to a charitable organization that helps the homeless in LA. Charity begins at home. It may even boost the ratings,’ proposed John Adam Hamilstein. 

‘Instead of the Oscars giving the nominees gift bags with things they all can afford in the first place, they should take that money and give it to charity.’ added another.

‘They should go on Ebay with the proceeds sent to Ukraine,’ wrote one user. 

‘It would be nice if they donated the proceeds of the bags to the Ukrainian relief. But they are Hollywood “stars”and don’t expect them to do it.’ said Victor Mingal.

‘They are the last people who need it. Would be interesting if there were charity bins the nominees could automatically donate their gift bags too,’ declared Anna Raike.

‘How many of those nominees would donate $140,000 to help Ukrainian hunger and home placement?’ asked Vance Bryan.

‘Being woke is a luxury,’ said Leni in a short yet succinct tweet.  

Tens of users suggested the money from the swag bags be donated to charity or Ukraine

Tens of users suggested the money from the swag bags be donated to charity or Ukraine

'Being woke is a luxury,' said Leni in a short yet succinct tweet

‘Being woke is a luxury,’ said Leni in a short yet succinct tweet

Here’s EVERYTHING in the ‘Everyone Wins’ goodie bag

Gift sized plot of land  from Highland Titles

Cost: $197 per 100sqft  

OPOPOP Flavor Wrapped Popcorn Kernels 

Cost: $34.99 per gift box  

Premium assortment of Bahlsen’s chocolate biscuits: Containing a variety of 10 packs 

Cost: $20 

Gift box from skincare brand Byroe Byroe

Cost: Over $365  

Gift box from HempHera Kosmetikos 

Cost: From $36.99 

Selection of Spermidine Life supplements 

Cost: $396 

A three-night stay in Scotland’s Turin Castle includes: private use of the entire 10-bedroom Castle for 2 guests, fully-inclusive butler service and dining, bagpiper welcome on arrival, private gin tasting, and fully-personalized concierge service.

Cost: On application    

Ariti premium extra virgin olive oil infused with edible gold flakes

Cost: On application 

The Celebrity Arms liposuction treatment at cosmetic surgery Art Lipo

Cost: $9,500-$15,000 

Products from C60 Purple Power

Cost: $34-$370 

Chai gift set from The Chai Box

Cost: $90

Copy of Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation by Christy Byrne Yates 

Cost: $14 

Products from Coal and Canary 

Cost: $60 

Comvita UMF 10+ Manuka Honey

Cost:  $72

Selection of treatments and rejuvenations: at Dr. Konstantin’s Luxe Upper East Side office

Cost: $10,000  

Three in-home training sessions in Los Angeles with fitness trainer Diego Sebastian

Cost: On application 

Elixinol Sleep Gummies: offered in a sweet blueberry flavor 

Cost: $29.99 

Euka’s On-The-Go Kit 

Cost: $58

Exploding Kittensall-new Mantis games Throw Throw Avocado and Exploding Minions 

Cost: $58  

Badges from The Film Pin Society  

Cost: from $15  

Four-night stay for two at Golden Door spas 

Cost: $6,000  

T-shirt from Happiest Tee 

Cost: $20   

Hotsy Totsy Haus + Devour Por Vida Blue Lux CBD Bath Bomb: topped with a clear quartz crystal that is nestled in 24k gold

Cost: from $9.99 

Qai Qai doll

Cost: $29

Jayde Spot Away 

Cost: Exclusive product 

Karma Nuts: variety pack of 4 award-winning air-roasted cashews: Sea Salt, Cocoa Dusted, Golden Turmeric, and Cinnamon. 

Cost: $14.99 

Life coaching session: with holistic healing and wellness expert Kayote Joseph. 

Cost: $700 per session 

Complimentary project managementon nominees next remodel or ground up project from Maison Construction, a premiere Los Angeles based construction and development company. 

Cost: On application 

NutriFit experience 

Cost: $1,734 (28 day premium plan) 

A year’s supply of Oxygenetix: An award-winning breathable makeup foundation that has a celebrity cult following. 

Cost: $708(12 bottles) 

PETA ‘SeaWorld … BLOWS inflatable 

Cost: Exclusive product   

Piper & Perro unisex perfume 

Cost: $35 

Posh Pretzels gold petite presentation gift box

Cost: $20 

Premium Alcohol Seltzer press

Cost: $26.49 (12 cans) 

Self love with Nicola: Gift Card for one session with award winning Self-Love Coach and Shaman, Nicola Fernandes

Cost: On application 

Serucell KFS: Cellular Protein Complex Serum

Cost: $225

Shinery’s Radiance Wash 

Cost: $28

Siempre tequila plata

Cost: $60

Skinny SBU socks

Cost: $43

Soul Shropshire: Relax Limited Edition Diffuser

Cost: $38

S. Pellegrino: branded water & wine pairing gift box featuring a 750ml bottle of S.Pellegrino Natural Sparkling Mineral Water and a 750ml bottle of Tolani Al Passo 2018 Chianti Classico

Cost: Exclusive product 

Tangle Teezer: The Ultimate Detangler

Cost:  $14

Tree by Melina Sempill Watts 

Cost: $14 

Trust Me Vodka: A limited-edition artist series collector box featuring artwork by Archan Nair and two bottles of Trust Me Vodka

Cost: $60

T-Time products: Interpersonal Shea Butter Balm

Cost:  $28

Turboflex eyewear (by Aspex eyewear group)

Cost: Price on application 

Vahdam India’s Rover Bottle

Cost: $12.50

Warmies

Cost: From $22

Whipped drinks: A kit with all of the tools to make the perfect whipped coffee at home in only 60 seconds. 

Cost: $49

Wunderkeks: ‘Red Carpet Fudgiest Brownies Ever’ covered with gold leaf

Cost: $44.95

Brad Yates novel The Wizard’s Wish

Cost: $22

Youth’s Anti-Blemish Concentrate 

Cost: $22

Among the lengthy list of gifts is a box of gold-topped pretzels, liposuction and even property management by an LA-based construction company for their next construction project. 

Meanwhile, some gifts are so swanky that the price is available on application only.  

Here are some of the quirkiest gifts the A-list will be treated to… 

Plot of land in Scotland

Price: $197 per 100sqft

A selection of the enviable items inside this year's six-figure Oscars goodie bag - including a gift sized plot of land in the Scottish highlands (pictured)

A selection of the enviable items inside this year’s six-figure Oscars goodie bag – including a gift sized plot of land in the Scottish highlands (pictured)

Highland Titles if offering nominees the gift of a plot of land in the Scottish Highlands, making them the Lords and Ladies of Glencoe. 

Highland Titles was founded in 2006 by Dr. Peter Bevis and his daughter, Laura, who  started by selling plots from the family’s land to fund conservation work. 

As their business grew the father-daughter duo purchased more land and expanded the project, currently owning two nature reserves in the highlands of Scotland. 

Plots at the Duror reserve, near Glencoe, cost £150 per 100 sq ft and while it’s not known how large the plot will be, nominees are able to visit their land at any time they choose. 

As well as a gift pack featuring a certificate of ownership and their new title, nominees will receive a personal right to a souvenir plot of Scottish land.  

Cosmetic treatments 

 Price: $10,000

Nominees of the Oscars can claim cosmetic treatments from Dr Konstantin Vasyukevich (pictured) up to $10,000

Nominees of the Oscars can claim cosmetic treatments from Dr Konstantin Vasyukevich (pictured) up to $10,000 

Nominees will be left looking their best after claiming up to $10,000 of treatments and rejuvenation procedures from Dr Konstantin Vasyukevich. 

The treatments available at his Upper East Side cosmetic surgery include laser skin resurfacing, injectables, fillers and Botox. 

Dr Konstantin is a top, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in New York who personally performs more than 1,000 facial plastic surgery procedures each year. 

Non-surgical treatments such as Botox can cost as much as $300 to $600 per session, while certain injectables can range from $1,500-$2,500.   

Gold-infused olive oil 

Price: On application

The Oscars goodie bag contains an exclusive bottle of olive oil, which has been infused with edible gold flakes (pictured)

The Oscars goodie bag contains an exclusive bottle of olive oil, which has been infused with edible gold flakes (pictured)

Along with a host of other gold-infused edible items and bath products, the luxury swag bag will include a swanky bottle of bespoke olive oil. 

Greek brand ARITI’s luxurious premium extra virgin olive oil from olive groves with over 500 years of history infused with edible gold flakes. Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey it is a symbol of longevity, good fortune, health, and prosperity! 

The product is so exclusive you can’t even order it online, and have to contact company to purchase their olive oil as wedding favours or as corporate gifts.  

Stay in a Scottish castle 

Price: On application

Turin Castle was built in 1659 and stands majestically in the heart of Scotland, now used a five-star hotel and wedding venue

Turin Castle was built in 1659 and stands majestically in the heart of Scotland, now used a five-star hotel and wedding venue

Exclusive and by invitation only – nominees will receive a stay at the Castle will transport you back to the 17th century, but with all the luxuries of modern life. 

Turin Castle was built in 1659 and stands majestically in the heart of Scotland, now used a five-star hotel and wedding venue. 

The nominee’s stay will include private use of the entire 10-bedroom Castle for two guests for three nights. 

During their stay guests will receive a fully-inclusive butler service and dining, bagpiper welcome on arrival, private gin tasting, and fully-personalized concierge service. 

Liposuction 

Price: $9,500-$15,000

Nominees will be gifted the 'Celebrity Arms Sculpting' liposuction treatment, which claims to achieve an instantly leaner and more toned look at Florida-based clinic Art Lipo

Nominees will be gifted the ‘Celebrity Arms Sculpting’ liposuction treatment, which claims to achieve an instantly leaner and more toned look at Florida-based clinic Art Lipo

Nominees will be gifted the ‘Celebrity Arms Sculpting’ liposuction treatment, which claims to achieve an instantly leaner and more toned look at Florida-based clinic Art Lipo. 

The owner of the clinic, Dr. Thomas Su, specializes in liposuction and is the ‘innovator of forms of liposuction that incorporate his background as a figure artist and sculptor.’ 

He claims to be able to sculpt the body, rather than just remove fat, unlike other forms of liposuction, to achieve smooth shapes and perfectly defined contours.

Construction work 

Price: On Application 

Maison Construction is a premiere Los Angeles based construction and development company and is offering each nominee free project management on their next home renovation. 

Specializing in luxury custom home building and renovation, the firm has completed hundreds of ground-up and remodeling projects across Los Angeles County since its establishment last year. 

It claims to approach every project with ‘a commitment to excellence, integrity, and superior project management’. 

Life coaching sessions 

Holistic healing and wellness expert Kayote Joseph, who boasts almost 72,000 followers on Instagram, is offering Oscar nominees the opportunity to have a free $700 life coaching session

Holistic healing and wellness expert Kayote Joseph, who boasts almost 72,000 followers on Instagram, is offering Oscar nominees the opportunity to have a free $700 life coaching session

Price: $700 per session

Holistic healing and wellness expert Kayote Joseph, who boasts almost 72,000 followers on Instagram, is offering Oscar nominees the opportunity to have a free $700 life coaching session.

She claims to be able to help people to ‘manifest’ their dream life using methods based in neuroscience, quantum physics and psychology.

Kayote is currently working towards a Ph.D studying consciousness and trauma integration at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. 

A year’s supply of Oxygenetix 

Price: Around $700 for 12 bottles

Oxygenetix is an award-winning make-up brand with a cult celebrity following thanks to their ‘treatment’ foundation. 

Oxygenetix is a 'breathable' foundation (pictured) that comes in 14 shades and claims to cover redness and scarring

Oxygenetix is a ‘breathable’ foundation (pictured) that comes in 14 shades and claims to cover redness and scarring 

The brand’s Oxygenating Foundation, priced at $59, claims to increase the skin’s oxygen uptake to speed up the healing process of post-procedure scars by encouraging collagen regeneration and connective tissue growth. 

The foundation that was originally formulated for doctors, comes in 14 shades and contains SPF30 to protect skin from the sun, while boasting ‘water-resistant and transfer-proof’ formula. 



Source link